Father’s Day is this weekend and it has me thinking about my own Dad. He is the greatest father I know. I was blessed with a God-fearing, Christ-centered, fun-loving, joyful, interpersonal…I could go on and on…kind of dad. He has taught me so much and I owe a great deal of who I am to him. He instilled in me a love for health and fitness, he gave me a love for conservation and really engaging with others on a deep level. And he taught me to never hold back emotionally and to wear my heart on my sleeve, showing how real and genuine I am.
Dad taught me it is okay to make mistakes and to own them, making this verse his mantra: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
My Dad taught me that no one is perfect…nor should anyone ever strive to be. He taught me that working hard for your family and putting them before yourself is one of the greatest things you can do in life. And that the single most important job you have on Earth is loving Jesus and living a life in a way that Jesus’s love emanates from your heart.
Sharing Christ’s Love With Your Kids
I will never forget the day my dad drove me to school (which didn’t happen often because he worked in New York City so he always left for work before I did). My Dad has a way of making an intense, important conversation casually pour out and feel normal. We were about 4 minutes away from school and He was explaining salvation to me in such a simple way. I had already invited Christ into my heart years before, but my Dad never missed an opportunity to share Christ’s love with his kids.
Dad was telling me about Jesus’ death and resurrection. He said, “You know, there are very few people I would die for. When it comes down to it, I probably wouldn’t take a bullet for many of my friends. But you and your siblings? I would lay down in front of a moving train if it meant you guys would live. I would die for you. And that’s how important and valuable your life is to Jesus. You are worth so much to Him He died so that you can have eternal life. Think about that! Jesus loves you so much He died for you, the Son of God died for you.”
Thank Your Dad on Father’s Day
It sunk in differently that day, as we twisted and turned up Bailey Hollow Road. It just took a second to explain Christ’s love to me in such a simple profound way. But it stuck with me and here I am, 17 years later, still recalling that conversation. With Father’s Day this weekend, make sure to thank your dad for all the ways he has loved you, guided you, and instilled faith, and other important lessons in you. And if you are a Dad or Mom, remember that your children are always listening. It only takes one conversation to change their lives forever. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, or set-up perfectly. Sometimes the most organic conversations that happen in everyday life make the most impact!